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Android 4.4.1 Kitkat arrives to fix Nexus 5 camera woes

Promises improved shutter speed and faster focusing
Fri Dec 06 2013, 11:03
Google Nexus 5 design

INTERNET GIANT Google has released the first update for its Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, which promises to address issues with the camera on the Nexus 5.

Android 4.4.1 Kitkat is rolling out now to Nexus 5 handsets, and Google said it will fix issues with the handset's camera.

Following the release of the Nexus 5 in November, users were quick to slam the handset's 8MP rear-facing camera, reporting issues with the speed with which it focuses on objects and an irritating shutter lag, which caused images taken on the phone to appear blurry.

That should all be fixed in Android 4.4.1 Kitkat, with Google promising that the update "improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag".

Google has also updated the high dynamic range (HDR) mode on the Nexus 5, improving its speed and adding new features.

Google said, "HDR+ lets you to take great shots in challenging environments, say where there's a large contrast of bright and dark portions of the scene and also in low light situations.

"When you press the shutter button, instead of taking just one picture, we take a burst of shots in about 1/3 of a second, and apply computational photography to intelligently fuse images together."

Android 4.4.1 Kitkat is rolling out now, but it's likely that it will be a few days before the update shows up on all handsets. According to reports, the update has also started arriving on Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablets. µ 

 

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